‘We can’t take this BS anymore’: Rick Scott reveals why he challenged Mitch McConnell – and criticizes Biden and ‘incoherent’ Karine Jean-Pierre for ‘lying’ about him
- Senator Rick Scott revealed on Thursday that he was aiming to be the “least popular person in Washington” as he ran against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
- Everyone in Washington said I was crazy. I could be. But we can’t put up with this BS anymore,” he said as he challenged the Senate’s longtime GOP leader
- On the CPAC stage, Scott taunted Republicans who voted for bills such as the bipartisan infrastructure bill
- He also slammed White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre as “incoherent” and President Joe Biden “incompetent”
Senator Rick Scott revealed Thursday that he was aiming to be the “least popular person in Washington” when he hired Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to head the Senate GOP last year.
The Florida Republican gave a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday afternoon, addressing his losing leadership bid in the Senate and alluding to his recent tussle with the Biden administration over Social Security and Medicare.
Everyone in Washington said I was crazy. I could be. But we can’t put up with this BS anymore,” he said, challenging McConnell.
He hammered the “old establishment leaders of our own Republican Party” for giving Democrats votes to pass legislation, including the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
“I’m trying to become the least popular person in Washington and I’m happy to report that I’m making great progress,” Scott told the audience at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. “The president is lying about me. Both the Democratic and Republican Senate leaders are lying about me. Pelosi, she says terrible things about me. You’ve got the president’s incoherent press secretary attacking me, so my plan works.”
Senator Rick Scott revealed Thursday that he was aiming to be the “least popular person in Washington” when he hired Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to head the Senate GOP last year
Leading up to the November midterm elections and again in his State of the Union address, Biden hammered Scott for his plan to “break” federal legislation every five years, which Democrats said would cut Social Security and Medicare would include.
Scott said his intention was never to include those programs and claimed the Democrats were lying, but later added a clarifying point to the plan on his website: RescueAmerica. com.
“Note to President Biden, Senator Schumer and Senator McConnell – As you know, this was never intended for Social Security, Medicare or the US Navy,” he wrote.
McConnell had also criticized Scott’s plan, fearing it would hurt Senate Republicans’ prospects in the meantime.
Democrats finally grabbed a seat in the November election, with Democratic Senator John Fetterman flipping the seat held by outgoing Republican Senator Pat Toomey.
Several weeks later, McConnell easily defeated Scott’s challenge to become Republican leader.
Scott gave a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday afternoon
Scott said in the aftermath of the vote that he was “quietly advised” to apologize to McConnell for hiring him.
“OK, in the infamous words of Conor McGregor, I don’t want to apologize to absolutely anyone,” Scott said to applause.
Scott, 70, also shot 80-year-old Biden.
Joe Biden projects weakness and weakness invites the wolves. Weakness invites wars. Look at Ukraine,” he said.
“Our political system, like our president, has all been lost,” he continued. “I don’t think any of us can pretend to be competent. Sometimes I’m not even sure he’s the president.’
Scott claimed the government was controlled by “incompetent neo-Marxists.”
“Unelected staffers writing words for his teleprompter,” he continued. “They’re science deniers who can’t tell you what a woman is. They ridicule religious people. And they hate the values upon which our great country is founded. They are hostile to American ideals.”
“Meanwhile, our political leaders of the establishment made deals with each other for their own political future, knowing full well that their tired old solutions will continue to fail us,” he added, directing his anger at McConnell.